The art of practicing: I really should be practicing well

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I do apologize to Gary Graffman for filching his title as blatantly as I have, but let's face it—although the quality of one's practice may be just one factor in determining how fast and far one progresses at the piano, it's a critical one.In the studio lessons and piano classes I teach, a large percentage of the time is devoted to how to practice ...
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Piano teaching programs reviews: Practicia

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The "How-Tos" of Practicing

Probably the most important thing we can teach our students is how to practice.And, one of the most challenging things we teach is how to practice well. When we teach practice strategies that instill attention to detail and develop problem-solving skills, we help students understand how to organize life's challenges into daily, weekly, and longer-t...
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A Teacher's Roundtable on Solutions to Common Practice Problems

from the series: ​The Other Teacher: Home Practice Elvina Pearce, EditorFor our Home Practice column in this issue, we have invited five highly successful teachers to become a roundtable panel and share with us some of their solutions to the most common issues which have to be addressed in their own studios, and which those of us who teac...
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How do you teach students to listen to themselves as they practice?

from the series: ​The Other Teacher: Home PracticeIn an interview with Nelita True which appeared in the Home Practice column of the Autumn 2002 issue of Keyboard Companion, she was asked, "What do you consider to be the most important thing you do when practicing?" Her answer was, "Listening!" In the same article, when asked, "What things abo...
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What practice strategies would you assign for the "Fantasy Dance" from Op. 124 by Schumann?

from the series: ​The Other Teacher: Home Practice Elvina Pearce, EditorOver the years I have always found the "Fantasy Dance" of Schumann ("Phantasietanz," No. 5 from the Album Leaves, Op. 124) to be an excellent teaching piece for the early advanced student. Marked presto, it is brilliant, and dramatic - a wonderful "show-off" piece for...
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How Can We Find Out More About Our Students' Home Practice?

Certainly one way we can find out about student practice is to assign a new piece, give the student no help with it, and then hear the the piece after a given amount of time. The results of such an exercise can tell us quite a bit about things such as accuracy (notes, rhythm, symbols), pedaling, musicality, and technique. What this kind of pro...
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What Suggestions Do You Give Students for How to Practice Ornaments?

We have all heard student performances of pieces which might have been quite acceptable except for the stumbles and hesitations surrounding the execution of ornaments. Perhaps these students should not have been assigned pieces containing ornaments. Or, maybe all of the ornaments should have been deleted before the pieces w...
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